Reading over the long weekend

Books I read or tried to read over the holiday weekend:

  • The Reluctant Wag by Mary Costello – Australian-set category, brief write up posted right after I finished.
  • Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen — mystery set in south Florida.  This book was not quite cozy, more quirky or odd or weird.  I kind of like weird sometimes, but it was entirely too slow develop.  After 150 pages, it felt like the whodunit hadn’t progressed much.  
  • Two Star Trek series books, one TNG and one Titan, were DNF.  I can appreciate them as being carefully written to fit into the franchise but the Red Shirts seem even more obvious in the books than in the tv episodes.  I pulled them from the read/toss pile after reading this post on the new Star Trek movie as a cultural indictment.  I haven’t seen it so I can’t offer my own perspective, but I will admit to being perplexed to the idea of a Star Trek series produced by someone who thought the original was “too philosophical.” 

I’ve been trying to download an ARC of a Michael Nava book from Net Galley but the site doesn’t like my password.  Or the substitute password it sent to me.  And it won’t email it to my Kindle.

Maybe I’ll try to read something from Anne Stuart or Georgette Heyer — their books are next on the keep/toss pile.

Books I pre-ordered or put on my wishlist:

  1. Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (July 31)
  2. Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik (August 12)
  3. American Savage by Dan Savage (May 28)
  4. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage 

On the audiobook front, although I have several languishing unheard, I’ve mostly been listening to Frank Turner (in anticipation of his show at Rams Head next week) and Fall Out Boy (perfect length for the elliptical at the gym), mixed with random chapters from Aaronovitch’s Whispers Under Ground (I love this audiobook) and Bujold’s Paladin of Souls.

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